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March 2024

Lucky To Be A Wildcat – – But It Really Isn’t Luck At All!!

As the calendar turns to March, green shamrocks start to appear everywhere!  Our youngest students prepare their traps to catch the pesky leprechauns that always seem to sneak into the classrooms and cause disarray.   The local newscasts will announce upcoming parades and celebrations.  All of this focus on the upcoming holiday of St. Patrick’s Day caused me to think about luck.  I thought about how lucky we all are to be Wildcats!  Then I realized, it really isn’t luck at all!  

Luck is defined as happening by chance.  When I think about Maquoketa Valley and all of our accomplishments, inside the classroom and out, it is not luck that contributed to this success.  This success has occurred due to planning,  hard work, practice, collaboration, mental toughness, commitment, dedication, support, and so much more!  Each area of success experienced by our students, staff, and organizations has an infinite number of details that were considered and worked through to result in that success- it didn’t happen because of a wish, a rabbit’s foot, or a four-leaf clover.  It happened because of the hard work and dedication of so many individuals that work together in a variety of ways to make it happen.  

So the next time an event runs smoothly, you do well on an exam, you are shown kindness by a peer, your lesson was delivered flawlessly, you receive a recognition, or are shown appreciation, understand that it wasn’t luck.  Realize there is an amazing number of people that do their very best to make Maquoketa Valley a truly amazing place to be!

A Note From Mrs. Frasher

Our mission at Maquoketa Valley is to empower all students for lifelong success! This visual from the Iowa Health Department does a great job of focusing on 4 key components attributing to student success! Screen time continues to be a topic that is important to continually re-evaluate and monitor. We are noticing an uptick in students coming to school tried and distracted by their online activities from the night before. Whether that be from social media or online gaming. Please take the time to talk with and monitor your child’s screen time activities. Working toward staying within the suggested time of two hours or less of screen time each day will ensure that students are coming to school well rested and ready to learn.


This month all of our elementary wildcats are focusing on the character trait of COOPERATION in their daily Character Strong lessons! Mrs. Jahn’s 4th graders created this backdrop for our morning announcements to remind students what good cooperation looks like, sounds like, and feels like! Cooperation is at its best when we are all working together to reach shared goals! Go Cats!!

From the desk of Ms. McCrary

Not only does MV’s got talent showcase our talented students, it will also showcase the talent of our staff as well. Join us for a fun filled night showcasing all of the talent we have here at Maquoketa Valley!

From the desk of Ms. Lau

Ag Ed

The Ag room has been a busy place for the past two months! Our greenhouse is back in action this spring planting seeds, preparing hanging baskets, and managing our newest addition: a Nutrient Flow Technique (NFT) Hydroponic Lettuce Table. We were able to purchase this table after receiving a grant from National FFA.

The Animal Science II class is nearing the end of their reproduction unit. This unit ends with students completing a dissection of a cow uterus. After the dissection students learned how to give stitches and repaired their uteruses. 


The FFA Chapter recently finished up their FFA Week festivities! Multiple members competed Tuesday February 20th. We had 15 members advance to districts on March 9th! On Saturday February 24th six of our members’ proficiency applications were evaluated at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center. We had one member receive 1st Place, and 4 members receive 2nd place! Agricultural proficiency awards honor members who, through their Supervised Agricultural Experience

(SAE) programs, have set goals and learned practical skills in their specified areas. We also recently were informed of our Star Over Iowa Finalist! All six of these members will take the stage at State Convention in April! The Stars Over Iowa award program recognizes FFA members who have outstanding involvement in all components of the three-circle model: Classroom/Laboratory, SAE, and FFA. Students can apply in one of four-star areas: Agribusiness, Agricultural Placement, Agricultural Production, and Agriscience. Students who apply and qualify for their Iowa FFA Degree the same year are eligible to compete in this award program. The finalists are interviewed and an overall winner is selected and recognized.

From the desk of Ms. Crumpton

Students have been working hard this semester as projects are wrapping up and others are beginning! This January the elementary art world had a UNI student teacher, Miss Hahlen, who was welcomed. Though she wasn’t with us long, she brought great ideas and techniques to the classroom, including the style of batik art! Kindergarten and JK enjoyed using glue as a ‘wax resist’ to leave an image on fabric!

All grades wrapped up their learning on color theory. Kindergarten and JK learned about the 3 most important colors and what makes them special! The primary colors!

1st and 2nd graders continued to learn about the primary and secondary colors as well as warm and cool colors. In addition, second graders just completed their complementary color project and 1st graders are learning about the color order of the rainbow, with the help of the magical elf ROY G. BIV!

The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders worked on the element of Value and Color focusing on tints, shades and how to read the color wheel. Next, third grade will learn about the difference between actual and visual texture! Fourth graders will be discovering positive and negative space and fifth graders will be learning to create realistic and abstract works of art.

Makerspace classes have been learning about Coding and how computers work! Bee-Bot has been lots of fun teaching students computational thinking and problem solving. Code.Org was also a great tool to encourage students to continue coding and further develop their skills. Next up is engineering!

From the desk of Mrs. Wessels

“Reading is a passport to countless adventures.” – Mary Pope Osborne

Speaking of adventures…Johnston Elementary is in the midst of their spring reading celebration, which will go into March. This year students are celebrating at the beach! Students are having weekly read and feeds in the library with their beach attire, the building is decorated in a very fun and exciting way, and at the end of our celebration students will be a part of many fun beach themed activities! 

Life’s a Beach, so grab a book and read! 

From the desk of Mrs. Kluesner

From the desk of Mrs. Jaeger

We have great news!! 

Nami is coming to the Maquoketa Valley community on April 24th. Keep this date open!!! This is such a great opportunity for our community to learn more about youth mental health, and how to support our kids. Keep an eye out for more information, in your emails, on facebook and in your students backpacks. We are hoping for a good turn out. 


Volunteer Opportunities Wanted

If you have an opportunity for students to volunteer their time, please contact Diane Temple at dianetemple@maquoketa-v.k12.ia.us and she will share the information with students. Please include a description of what help is needed and contact info for someone students can reach out to.

Scholastic Book Fair Information

Click Below For Direct Book Fair Links

Earlville Elementary Book Fair

Johnston Elementary Book Fair

Delhi Elementary Book Fair

Delhi Middle School Book Fair

Food Service Need to Know

Check your current lunch account balance: Log into your online account or call/email Morgan Nefzger to get your current lunch account balance. You can make deposits at any time.

Free/Reduced Applications: These forms must be filled out as soon as possible so we have enough time to process your application and correct your registration fees. Free/Reduced applications can be found online, or there are copies in the Delhi Middle School/Elementary Office.

Salad Bar: This year, there will be a salad bar offered to 7th-12th grade students and all adult employees Monday-Friday. The salad bar will be an alternate meal choice. You will not be able to get the salad bar in addition to the main meal being offered. The salad bar will be located in the High School cafeteria area.

Snack Items: Students in Junior Kindergarten-Fourth Grade have the option of taking a snack item each day. Depending on the week Junior Kindergarten-second grade will have the option of cheese stick, goldfish crackers, single serve honey nut cheerios, nature valley oats and honey granola bar, teddy grahams, or single serve kix Cereal. Third-fourth grade can choose between a granola bar or a cheese stick. Regardless if you qualify for Free/Reduced benefits, you will still be charged the full $0.35 per snack item. Snack items are charged to your account every Friday for the entire week.

Meal Pricing for the 23/24 school year:

Student breakfast: $1.85

Earlville & Johnston & Delhi Elementary Student Lunch: $2.55

Middle School & High School Student Lunch $2.80

Snack Item: $0.35

Extra Entree: $2.00

Extra Milk: $0.65

Extra Juice: $0.70

Charging on negative Accounts: Be sure to watch your lunch account balance. If your family lunch account reaches an amount of Negative $50.00 or more, students will be given an alternate meal until the account balance is improved. An alternate meal due to low account balance will still be a full meal however the entree will be a deli sandwich with and no additional seconds or ala carte items. Starting on September 6th invoices will be sent out to families with negative balances and your student(s) will receive a deli sandwich until your account has been replenished. Invoices will be sent out every Tuesday via email.

Alternate main course meal option: This year, we will have an alternate main course substitute at each meal. This substitute will consist of, a deli sandwich. Students may choose this instead of the main course any given day.

How and where to deposit lunch money: You can always send lunch money with your students to turn in to the secretary at their building, or you can go online and make deposits into your account.

Link to useful forms:

Food Service Information

Free & Reduced Meal Program Information

RevTrak Online Payments

Total Access Lunch

August Lunch Menu

If you have any questions pertaining to the Free and Reduced Meals, you can contact Morgan Nefzger at morgannefzger@maquoketa-v.k12.ia.us

Maquoketa Valley Activity Calendar

This can be found on the website. Please check that for all activities.

Cancellations will be updated on the Maquoketa Valley Website.

Text Alert System

We will be using your information in Power School to alert you. It is important to have your current phone number and email updated. If you have any questions or issues, please call Sarah Lown in the high school office at 563-922-2091.

Maquoketa Valley 2023-2024 School Calendar

Ticket Information on Bound

Starting January 1st we will be going cashless for all school events. Follow the step by step instructions to purchase tickets on bound for school events.

Step 1: go to the school website

Step 2: Click on Event Tickets

Step 3: choose which event you are buying tickets for

Step 4: select if you are paying for an adult or a student

Step 5: Enter in your card information

Step 5: complete your payment.


Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Maquoketa Valley High School offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Applied Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing

Business, Finance, Marketing and Management

Human Services

It is the policy of the Maquoketa Valley Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Dave Hoeger, 107 South Street, Delhi, Iowa 52223; 563-922-2091; davehoeger@maquoketa-v.k12.ia.us  

2023-2024 Forms

2023-2024 Backpack Program form

2023-2024 Maquoketa Valley Athletic forms

2023-2024 Wildcat Athletic Pass

Athletic booster memberships

Objection to instruction and library materials

Regular Board Meeting

February Board Meeting Minutes – Held February 19, 2024

Lunch Menu

March Lunch Menu

Maquoketa Valley Community School District 

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